Patents Examined by Russell E. Adams
  • Patent number: 5847808
    Abstract: Multi-dimensional lithographs which impart the illusions of depth and/or motion to a viewer are prepared by constructing and sequencing a plurality of electronic pages, preferably four or more; rasterizing, compressing and converting each page; interlacing the pages in a desired sequence; outputting the interlaced frames to an imaging device; and producing a lithographic separation from the imaging device. In the rasterization of each frame, nonbinary pixels are created that correspond to the resolution of the line count of the lenticular lens that will ultimately be applied to a print of the lithograph times the number of frames in the lithographic separation. The frames are compressed to an amount equal to the reciprocal of the number of frames from which the lithographic separation is prepared. In the converting step, the nonbinary pixels of the compressed frames are converted to individual color plates of binary pixels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 8, 1998
    Assignee: National Graphics, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy P. Goggins
  • Patent number: 5845166
    Abstract: A hybrid camera that includes imaging mode selector (23) for selecting at least one of a film mode of operation and a hybrid mode of operation; a removable memory interface connection (130) for receiving a removable memory device; digital imaging system (16, 70) for generating a digital image representative of an imaged subject scene in each of the film mode and hybrid mode of operation; a working memory (124) for storing the digital image generated by the digital imaging means as a working image; a photographic imaging system (14, 60) for imaging the subject scene onto a photographic film to generate a photographic film image corresponding to the digital image in the film mode and the hybrid mode of operation; and a control processor (68, 72) for generating a film mode digital image and a hybrid mode digital image from the working image, respectively, in the film mode and hybrid mode of operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Peter Fellegara, Robert L. Kuhn, Jr.
  • Patent number: 5845155
    Abstract: A multipoint autofocusing system has a plurality of light receiving devices each having a plurality of focus detection areas which receive light of object images and perform an integral operation in which the object light is converted to produce integrated electric charges. A detecting device is provided for detecting an integration time of each of the light receiving devices based upon commencement of the integral operation. An integration control device is provided for controlling the integration times to stop the integral operation of one of the light receiving devices when the integration time of the light receiving device reaches a predetermined integral value. The integration time of the light receiving device that first reaches the predetermined integral value is t1, and the integration time of the remaining light receiving devices that have not reached the predetermined integral value is t.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Assignee: Asahi Kogaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Masahiro Nakata, Shigeru Iwamoto
  • Patent number: 5845161
    Abstract: A stylus based annotation system for cameras comprising a touch screen display on the camera for implementing stylus input, a first memory for storage of image annotation data, a second memory for storage of annotation data that is repeated between multiple images, a recording device for placement of annotation data on images and stylus sensor to detect removal and replacement of the stylus to effect a mode change
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventors: Anthony W. Schrock, Paul E. Spencer
  • Patent number: 5845156
    Abstract: An image stabilizing means includes a limiting means for determining an upper limit value of a driving deviation of a correction optical mechanism according to the position of a zooming optical group or a focusing group, and limiting the deviation of the correction optical mechanism based on the upper limit value.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 27, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Ichiro Onuki
  • Patent number: 5845160
    Abstract: A recording transfer method and apparatus. In the method, an index print having an array of imagettes and a plurality of recordings is provided. The recordings are individually associated with respective imagettes. A set of digital image files is provided on a digital memory store. The digital image files each correspond to a respective imagette. The index print and an array of switches are aligned. The array of switches has at least one switch in registry with each imagette. The switches are allocated to an array of triggers. The triggers each have a uniquely associated imagette and have at least one switch in registry with the imagette. The array of triggers has at least one trigger associated with each of imagette. A plurality of switches are actuated to define a series of imagettes associated with respective triggers. Individual recordings are, in response, associated with individual digital image files corresponding to the series of imagettes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 8, 1997
    Date of Patent: December 1, 1998
    Assignee: Eastman Kodak Company
    Inventor: David L. Patton
  • Patent number: 5842053
    Abstract: An image shake correction device and an apparatus having the image shake correction device which are capable of correcting image shake due to shaking of an optical apparatus such as camera by moving a correcting lens disposed just after a diaphragm of a camera lens dependently on the detected camera shake displacement. An X-axis actuator and Y-axis actuator is provided on a lens barrel of the correcting lens, and driven alternately to move the X-axis direction and Y-axis direction respectively based on driving time ratio of each actuator calculated dependently on the detected camera shake displacement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Ueyama, Tetsuro Kanabara
  • Patent number: 5841514
    Abstract: A motion picture apparatus and method for intermittently advancing motion picture film by forced air. The film is initially placed into successive loops formed by a cam-driven flipper. The loops and thus the film are advanced through the projector or camera pathway by a forced air blower which propels the successive loops through a projection pathway. Vacuum pressure may also be applied to the film through a gate to secure the film to the gate with linearly arranged register pins steadying the film over a projection aperture. The film is rewound through the projector by a motorized rewind with a positive pressure applied to the film through the gate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: Iwerks Entertainment, Inc.
    Inventor: Leland R. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 5841513
    Abstract: A device for recording/reproducing a digital pattern as a sound track of a cinefilm is disclosed. The device includes a cinefilm 1 having an image recording area 2 in which an image is recorded, a perforation section 3 for film feed and digital pattern data recording areas 5 and 6 provided in the vicinity of the perforation section 3. Plural channels of audio data are recorded as the digital patterns in the digital pattern data recording areas.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: Sony Corporation
    Inventors: Shunji Yoshimura, Yoshiyuki Akiyama, Kiyoshi Ohsato, Isao Ichimura, Toshio Watanabe, Shinji Katsuramoto
  • Patent number: 5842051
    Abstract: A camera comprises discrimination means for discriminating whether an image stabilizing function is active or not and control means responsive to the discrimination by the discrimination means that the image stabilizing function is active for changing a shutter speed for an image blur warning or inhibiting the image blur warning.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1998
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Toshiyuki Kumakura
  • Patent number: 5835803
    Abstract: A camera adapted to use a film in which two perforations are respectively formed at both end positions of each picture plane, comprises a winding device which winds the film, first and second perforation detecting devices which are respectively disposed adjacent to both end positions of a portion corresponding to a picture plane size, and a determination device which, while the winding device is performing a winding action of the film, determines that the film is in a stopped state, if none of the perforations is detected by the second perforation detecting device until the lapse of a first predetermined period of time after one of the perforations has been detected by the first perforation detecting device, and if none of the perforations is detected by the first perforation detecting device until the lapse of a second predetermined period of time after one of the perforations has been detected by the second perforation detecting device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 20, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Kazunari Kitani
  • Patent number: 5832323
    Abstract: An information setting apparatus includes a first operation mechanism reciprocally operatable in the first and second directions different from each other, first and second direction detection units respectively for detecting an operation in the first or second direction on the basis of the operation content of the first operation mechanism, a first information setting unit for sequentially setting first information in accordance with a detection output from the first direction detection unit, and a second information setting unit for sequentially setting second information in accordance with a detection output from the second direction detection unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 27, 1996
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Tetsuro Goto
  • Patent number: 5832320
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for intensifying sensorial perception of an audience in attendance of a visual and/or acoustic representation by introducing scents in syncronism with the visual and/or acoustic representations. The scents are supplied to or removed from the audience area either in groups or separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 3, 1998
    Inventor: Gotz-Ulrich Wittek
  • Patent number: 5822632
    Abstract: When a communication header transmit from the lens side to the body side is input, a reset and start detection signal is checked and if the lens is found to have been reset and started, a body/lens identify signal is communicated to exchange identification signals of each other and the like and resetting of the mechanism is instructed. Thus, malfunction of the lens can be prevented even when the microcomputer for the lens side is reset with the lens mounted on the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Masayuki Miyazawa, Akihiko Fujino, Sadanobu Ueda
  • Patent number: 5815743
    Abstract: A flash-assisted photographing system including a camera having a taking lens capable of varying the focal length and a flash is provided with a light receiving unit having a plurality of receiving areas operable to separately receive light reflected by different areas of a photographic view, a detector operable to detect a focal length of the taking lens, and a controller operable to set weights for the receiving areas based on a detected focal length. Proper weights are set for the receiving areas even in the case of close-up photography which is highly influenced by camera shake. A main subject can be reliably exposed at a proper light emission.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Shigeto Ohmori
  • Patent number: 5812888
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an optical camera having a zoom function in which a focal length can be varied or the variation is actuated by a focal length changing member, and in particular to a camera in which a focal length is varied through a motor.The optical camera has a zoom lens operable by a rotatable zoom ring for changing the focal length thereof. An automatic focusing operation is effected by a control means when the focal length is changed so that an image of an object viewed through a viewfinder remains in focus. The zoom lens can include a motor and an in-exposure zoom control means can be provided for controlling zooming movement of the lens during an exposure operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Asahi Kogaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Tadayuki Kirigaya, Hiroyuki Takahashi, Masahiro Nakata, Hideaki Tsuji, Tetsuo Hosokawa
  • Patent number: 5812887
    Abstract: A lens supporting structure for supporting a lens group in a lens barrel is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 9, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Asahi Kogaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nomura, Kazuyoshi Azegami, Takamitsu Sasaki
  • Patent number: 5809344
    Abstract: A camera includes an operation device having a plurality of operation modes for executing an operation, a mode changing device for changing over operation modes, a designation device for designating a desired operation mode as an initial mode, and a reset device for resetting the operation device to the designated initial mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Minolta Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Tokuji Ishida, Yasuo Nakanishi, Toshihiko Ishimura, Takehiro Katoh, Kenji Ishibashi, Yoshihiro Hara, Takashi Kondo, Hiroshi Yoshino
  • Patent number: 5809348
    Abstract: A zoom compact camera is provided with a stationary barrel portion and includes a movable barrel that houses a zoom lens. A linear guide groove is formed parallel to the optical axis on the stationary barrel portion. A guide key is provided on the movable barrel. The guide key slidably fits into the linear guide groove to guide the movable barrel. A code plate is fixed to an inner surface in the linear guide groove and a contacting terminal is securely fixed to the guide key to be in sliding contact with the code plate.The focal length of the zoom lens is determined based on a signal indicating the relative position of the contacting terminal with respect to the code plate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Asahi Kogaku Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventors: Hiroshi Nomura, Kazuyoshi Azegami, Takamitsu Sasaki
  • Patent number: 5805937
    Abstract: There is provided a vibration reduction camera which includes an operation portion that operates based on electric power, and a vibration reduction driving portion, and can reduce consumption power even when the operation portion and the vibration reduction driving portion are operated simultaneously.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 26, 1997
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Nikon Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshihisa Kitagawa